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Will Multinationals’ Sustainable Brand Buying Spree Continue?

Unilever’s purchase of Seventh Generation is the latest “green” or sustainable brand acquisitions, a trend that analysts expect to continue as multinationals look to increase their sustainable product offerings and meet their own internal environmental goals.

Will RGGI Double Down on Carbon Cuts?

Will RGGI Double Down on Carbon Cuts?

Carbon pricing, the bogeyman of climate-change mitigation, still inspires terror in some US corporate executives and politicians, despite support from global businesses and governments. Opponents argue carbon pricing will cause electricity prices to skyrocket and make businesses less competitive. But when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it works … Read more »

Dow Collaboration Produces Sustainable Packaging

Dow Chemical’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics business has collaborated with Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) and Accredo Packaging to produce Seventh Generation’s first recyclable dishwasher pods packaging. Dow developed the resins for the recyclable polyethylene stand-up pouch to help ensure the package’s stiffness, toughness and sealability. Accredo Packaging converts these materials … Read more »

Target Launches Organic Food Program

A new Target initiative is aiming to promote, and sell, more natural, organic and sustainable brands, including Clif Bar and Burt’s Bees. “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target” brings together 17 natural, organic and sustainable brands spanning baby, beauty and personal care, grocery, healthcare and household product categories. There will be … Read more »

Cleaning Industry Launches Sustainable Products Initiative

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI), whose members include Dow Chemical, Procter & Gamble, SC Johnson and Seventh Generation among other major brands, has launched a voluntary initiative to improve the sustainability of cleaning products. The Charter for Sustainable Cleaning goes beyond basic legal requirements and provides a framework for driving the … Read more »

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P&G to End Use of Phosphates in Laundry Detergents

Procter & Gamble plans to end the use of phosphates in all of its laundry detergents in the next two years, a move that will have the greatest impact on developing countries, the Guardian reports. Phosphates, which are used in powdered detergents to soften hard water, can cause algae blooms, … Read more »

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First Grocer Joins How2Recycle

Wegmans Food Markets has joined the How2Recycle Label program, making it the first grocer to use the voluntary recycling label developed by GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition. The addition of Wegmans also pushes How2Recycle past its goal of 20 participating companies including Kellogg’s, Best Buy, Clorox, Costco, Esteé Lauder Companies Aveda … Read more »

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Seventh Generation Leads Chemical Reform Coalition

Consumer brands including Seventh Generation, Patagonia and Stonyfield Farm have signed a letter to Congress urging chemical policy reform. The coalition, Companies for Safer Chemicals, says it will make a business argument for reforms that help companies bring safer, cleaner products to the marketplace. The founding members of the coalition, … Read more »

Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging

Amazon Sustainable Packaging Initiative Alleviates ‘Wrap Rage’

Amazon says it’s winning the battle against plastic clamshell cases and wire ties — part of the company’s “Frustration-Free” sustainable packaging initiative. The initiative, which began five years ago with 19 products, now has more than 200,000 in easy-to-open, recyclable packaging designed to alleviate “wrap rage,” the company says. Amazon … Read more »

Staples, HP, Marriott Staff Back Chemical Assessment Principles

Staples, Hewlett-Packard, Marriott, Timberland, Method and Seventh Generation are among the companies whose senior environmental staff have signed onto the Commons Principles for Alternatives Assessment, a framework developed by the Environmental Defense Fund, BizNGO, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production and Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute. Staples senior scientist and vice president Roger … Read more »

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Unilever, Levi’s to EPA: Finalize Power Plant Rules

Unilever, Levi Strauss, Symantec and Patagonia are among the 22 companies that have signed a letter supporting the new carbon pollution standards for power plants proposed last week by the EPA. The business group, along with some 50 investors — including the country’s largest public pension fund, CalPERS — with … Read more »

Cleaning Product Industry Cuts GHGs 12% in One Year

Cleaning Product Industry Cuts GHGs 12% in One Year

Dow Chemical, Ecolab, SC Johnson, Seventh Generation and other American Cleaning Institute member companies reduced their greenhouse gas emissions 12 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to the ACI’s 2013 Sustainability Report. The cleaning product industry’s second sustainability report shows overall decreases by member companies in four environmental metric data … Read more »